(23 July 2011)
"To Barb re:Book on the Judgment Seat"
Thanks for your kind words of appreciation for the link I sent out on
theJudgment Seat of Christ. I think the author is the founder of the web
site, Arlen Chitwood, but I am not certain of that.
I have read Lyn Mize's book The Open Door and found it very helpful when
I read it and recommended it some years ago on this site. Now, after
reading other materials and having my spiritual eyes opened further, I
find that I disagree with some of his statements-- if he is reading
this, I hope we can agree to disagree.
I do not believe that the rapture will occur in two stages as he says in
his book. The Scriptures are clear that all of those in the Church will
be raptured at the same time to face the Judgment Seat of Christ. In
fact, that is one of the points, supported by Scriptures, in the message
given in the above link. The separation of believers will identify
those who are ready to receive crowns, based on their works, will
unfortunately result in some being sent into outer darkness with wailing
and gnashing of teeth--still in heaven, just not in positions of
rulership in the Kingdom.
Mize believes in the need for works to earn the salvation of the soul.
He also believes that our spiritual salvation, by grace and not works,
is eternally secure. These are points I totally agree with. They are
also points in the writings of Arlen Chitwood, such as those in the
Mize makes the assertion and gives many facts to support his belief that
John F. Kennedy is still alive, and will be the Antichrist. I do not
agree with this belief and do not think JFK is neither alive nor the
upcoming Antichrist. In my opinion, Mize should have presented this, if
at all, as his own personal opinion, rather than with such an air of
His major teaching is that the Scriptures support the salvation of the
soul being the resultant of our spiritual salvation in Christ. If we do
not produce good works after being saved, we may want to examine our
rebirth experience again.
Jesus said we can know the state of a tree by the type of fruit it
produces, if any. Our works after salvation are part of the process of
sanctification that we must become involved with, as clean wedding
garments, if we want to be a part of the Bride.
The present world system of government is under the immediate control of
Satan and his fallen angels. We are being prepared, tested and trained
to replace these rebellious angels in positions of power after receiving
our crowns at the Judgment Seat. God wants to know that we can be
trusted to be loyal to Him and not become part of a future mutiny,
such a happened when Lucifer rebelled to gain greater control in God's
I pray that everyone reading this message will read the article in the
above link and ask God to help them to be ready for the positions in His
government that will need to be filled by dedicated, sincere and loyal
May our dear, loving and compassionate God and His Son and Holy Spirit
guide and lead you every day remaining here on earth before the rapture.
May He also reach out to others through your dedicated and loyal
service to His cause and wishes. I pray you will thank Him for your
blessings and peace and continue to let Him guide you into works that
you can do for Him as you, along with all of us, wait and watch for His